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Track and Field: Sandburg aims for conference repeat

Updated: June 10, 2014 7:03AM



Defending SouthWest Suburban Blue champion Sandburg, which will be among teams competing for conference titles next week, has worked on developing its versatility.

“One thing we’ve really strived for the last two or three years going forward is having depth and being able to interchange bodies, interchanging distance guys with sprinters and jumpers,’’ Sandburg coach Joe Nemeth said.

Sandburg won three relays at the 2013 conference meet. Returning champions also include Lincoln-Way East’s Austin Corydon in both hurdles races and Homewood-Flossmoor’s Matt Anyiwo in the 800-meter run.

The SouthWest Blue competition at Joliet Central is among four Thursday meets that include SouthWest Red at Thornridge, South Suburban Red at Eisenhower and the East Suburban Catholic championships at Notre Dame.

Defending champion Bloom will host the Southland Conference meet Wednesday, while T.F. North goes for another South Suburban Blue title Tuesday at Hillcrest.

The Pete Struck Eagle Classic on Friday at Sandburg was a showcase for Crete-Monee’s Elijah Douglas, who took the 110 hurdles (14.96), 300 hurdles (41.30) and long jump (21 feet, 7 inches).

Impressive relay times were turned in by Sandburg in the 800 (1:30.79) and Brother Rice in the 1,600 (3:30.33). The Crusaders will be in the Thornton Invitational on Saturday and the Catholic League Meet on May 17 at Loyola.

There’s no lack of motivation and inspiration near the track at Marian Catholic, 2012 East Suburban Catholic champion.

A large sign outside Dave Mattio Field reads: “Home of the 1993 IHSA Class 4A State Champions.’’ Nearby, a lengthy banner on the center-field fence reads: “Home of the 2012 3A State Champion Spartans.’’

Girls: Sectional strength

Lincoln-Way East hopes to advance enough individuals and relays Thursday from the Class 3A H-F Sectional for the Griffins to win their second straight state championship.

Competition in the sprints and hurdles will be exceptional with East’s Alexis Hyshaw and Alexis Pierre-Antoinne the ones to beat. H-F’s Antoinette Broughton and Crete-Monee’s Tineja Foy also are elite contenders.



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